Fodor's Expert Review Embassy of the Free Mind

Western Canal Ring Library/Archive

Busts of the Greek deities of Apollo, Ceres, Mercury, Minerva, Bacchus, and Diana welcome visitors to this magnificent example of Dutch Renaissance architecture known as Huis met de Hoofden (The House with the Heads). It is one of only three houses in Amsterdam with a side house, and a forerunner of the double house. The Bartolotti House (Herengracht 170–172) and De Dolfijn (The Dolphin, Singel 140–142) are the other notable examples. This 1622 mansion is attributed to father and son architects Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. In 2007 the mansion was bought by Joost R. Ritman, owner of a world-famous collection of spirituality literature, the Hermetic Philosophy Library. In 2017, the Ritman Library was moved to Het Huis met de Hoofden, creating a museum, library and platorm for free thinking inspired by the philosophy of the collection. The Embassy of the Free Mind is focused on Western philosophical and spiritual traditions and their connections to concepts such as free speech and... READ MORE

Busts of the Greek deities of Apollo, Ceres, Mercury, Minerva, Bacchus, and Diana welcome visitors to this magnificent example of Dutch Renaissance architecture known as Huis met de Hoofden (The House with the Heads). It is one of only three houses in Amsterdam with a side house, and a forerunner of the double house. The Bartolotti House (Herengracht 170–172) and De Dolfijn (The Dolphin, Singel 140–142) are the other notable examples. This 1622 mansion is attributed to father and son architects Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. In 2007 the mansion was bought by Joost R. Ritman, owner of a world-famous collection of spirituality literature, the Hermetic Philosophy Library. In 2017, the Ritman Library was moved to Het Huis met de Hoofden, creating a museum, library and platorm for free thinking inspired by the philosophy of the collection. The Embassy of the Free Mind is focused on Western philosophical and spiritual traditions and their connections to concepts such as free speech and contrarian thinking.

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Keizersgracht 123
Amsterdam, North Holland  1015 CJ, Netherlands

020-760–2121

www.embassyofthefreemind.com

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Rate Includes: €12.50, Closed Sun.–Tues.

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